Ham Lake is an Official “Heart Safe” Community

By: Sharon Brodin, Brodin Press for the Ham Laker

At the City Council meeting on April 1, Mayor Mike Van Kirk and the Ham Lake City Council were presented with a certificate and plaque designating Ham Lake as an official Heart Safe Community. Ham Lake is the 50th city in Minnesota to receive this designation (out of almost 900 cities). Lieutenant Troy Lachinski, of the East Bethel Fire Department, and Wendy Renner, the Ham Lake Heart Safe Coordinator, spearheaded the efforts for
the Heart Safe designation. Ham Lake Fire Chief, Don Krueger, Trudie Falk of Ham Lake City Hall, and the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have also played key roles.
According to Lt. Lachinski, “Since February 2016, over 5% of Ham Lake’s population (959 Ham Lake citizens) have been trained to recognize when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, and how to respond by performing CPR and using a defibrillator.” 35 known AEDs are located in Ham Lake, with 12 of them funded in part with $25,000.00 of grant money from the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Wendy Renner added, “Heart Safe Ham Lake also provides free AED inspections. During the process, we found three AEDs that were out of service. We helped those business owners get their AEDs back to rescue-ready condition.”
Why is being Heart Safe important? According to the American Heart Association, “each
year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting.”
Sudden cardiac arrest is almost always fatal unless there’s intervention within 2-3 minutes. Usually by the time emergency help arrives, it’s too late. When “normal” citizens learn how to help, lives are saved.
Businesses, churches, schools and other organizations, as well as private residents, are invited to learn more:
• The grant program through the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce awards grants, between
$750 and $2,000, to local businesses and nonprofits to place an AED in their building.
• Free training sessions are announced in The Ham Laker. The trainings are held at Fire Station #1, next to City Hall.
• Look for one of the many events showcasing the Ham Lake Heart Safe program.
• Heart Safe Ham Lake can always use volunteers in many different capacities.
For information in this area only – not the grant area, please contact City Hall at 763-434-9555.


The Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is showing support of Ham Lake’s Heart Safe Status with a grant program for Ham Lake businesses who meet the qualifications below. If you are interested in applying for a grant to help offset the cost of an AED, please complete the donation request form.

Grant Guidelines:

  • Business must be within the Ham Lake city limits
  • Business must have a brick and mortar building

Grant levels:
Level 1: All qualifying businesses – $750

Level 2: All qualifying businesses, also a Ham Lake Chamber member – $1250

Level 3: All qualifying businesses, also Ham Lake Chamber member and served as Board Member in past five years (a term beginning 2011) – $2000

Complete the online application. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and you will be contacted by Wendy once your application has been finalized.

Once your AED is installed, you will also receive FREE training for all employees for CPR (compression only) and the use of AEDs.

If you have any questions regarding the Grant Program, please contact Shana Schmitz at shana@hamlakecc.org

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    Heart Safe Ham Lake July 17, 2017